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My kids (10 & 12) have been enthusiastically and quickly honing their swimming skills this month. The warm water and even warmer staff make swim lessons a joy instead of a dreaded event. And with small class sizes the kids get lots more quality learning time and advance faster. Check out ChiIL Mama's past Goldfish coverage here.
Thanks to Goldfish Swim School for giving us this rockin' prize package for one of our readers as well as the classes we're reviewing. Check out their main site here for more info on Goldfish Swim School like their classes, philosophy and more. (Roscoe Village near IK Gymnastics, Chicago)
Babies and little kids especially love the space. It's like a big, warm bathtub full of colorful floaties, giant rubber duckies, and caring, silly staff. Even the bright wall murals, tanks of real fish and turtles, and the tiki hut umbrella in the waiting area all lend a festive vacation air to the space.
If your kids are motivated by rewards or positive reinforcement, Goldfish takes the gold! Once a month, the kids get achievement ribbons, fun little fish themed toys, and a progress report. Goldfish Swim School also has a sweet, reusable swag bag for every family at initial registration with shirts for all the kids, goldfish shaped snacks and car decals.
My kids were non too enthusiastic when I first told them they were going for weekly swim lessons. They'd taken lessons as toddlers and young kids at first the YMCA then the park district. We live on a gorgeous lake and I wanted them to know the basics. But it became such a screaming ordeal, we stopped, at first for winters since drying all our long, thick hair was impossible. Then we stopped formal lessons all together.
Recently we'd been in a quandary about swim lessons because as tweens they're being invited to water park birthdays and swim fun and they're too old to be stranded in the shallows while their friend play and have fun. They're also too old to be in a class of little, preschool advanced beginners without being mortified. With Goldfish, they can have private or semi private classes--our class is just 4 kids, and they've made huge strides on strokes in just a few short weeks.
Even the big kids get to race and play ring games. And they're having so much fun they don't even realize how much they're advancing. I never thought my kids would be bubbly and enthusiastic about swim lessons!
I'll admit, Goldfish Swim School won us back over. The kids come home smelling sweetly shampooed instead of reeking of chlorine. The locker rooms are spacious and have blow dryers like a private club, and funky surfer decor to keep everyone amused. And the space is so clean and comfortable, with plenty of showers and dressing rooms to go around.
Every week the kids beg to stay after their lessons for open swim. It's worth more than gold to me as a mom, to drop the drama and have the kids truly enjoy swimming! Go from cold fish to Goldfish, and make swim lessons fun again.
Disclaimer: Thanks again to Goldfish Swim School for providing lessons for us to review and give away to one of our readers. All opinions are our own.